Standing Tall and Standing Out
As I kept asking myself about who I thought represented the “great five ideas” – Truth, Beauty, Justice, Goodness and Courage. One name kept entering my mind, Tim Tebow. He is, to me, the definition of the” great five ideas” and exemplifies Courage with his unwavering stand on his convictions, Truth by never compromising on his beliefs, Goodness with the works he does to benefit others, Justice for his stand against harming others, and Beauty by his poetry of motion in his chosen profession. This became evident as I dug further into my research for this paper. I began to learn about what a truly special person he was both on and off the football field. Tim Tebow was born in Florida, one of five children to the parents of missionaries who did mission work in the Philippines. He was homeschooled by his mother and was not allowed to play sports in the state of Florida until he was in high school. Florida had just passed a new law, allowing homeschooled children to play high school sports in a county school. Tebow was placed in the middle of much controversy while playing football for being a homeschooled student athlete. The controversy only started after he began to shine as a star quarterback for Nease High School in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. As he continued to prosper on the field, the controversy continued. Tebow never let it affect his game, his beliefs and trust in God. He would finish his Nease High School career as one of the top ranked college prospects in the nation. He would struggle with his final decision on which college to attend. He had it down to either the University of Alabama or the University of Florida. He would choose the University of Florida where both his parents were graduates. Due to all the controversy, he endured while playing football as a homeschooled student in high school, his consideration to possibly attend the University of Alabama placed the issue of homeschooled children in Alabama...
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